By Caroleine James
Wrangell Sentinel 

Forest Service will work to lower cost of viewing platform for historic boat

 

September 20, 2023

Photo courtesy U.S. Forest Service

The almost-100-year-old U.S. Forest Service vessel Chugach Ranger at the dock in Juneau in 2006. The boat is kept under a wrap at the Nolan Center until the Forest Service and borough can figure out an affordable plan to build a cover and viewing platform.

The borough hopes to partner with the U.S. Forest Service to give the Chugach - a wooden Forest Service boat built in 1925 - an improved permanent home outside the Nolan Center, complete with a viewing deck and interpretive signs.

Currently, the boat spends most of the year wrapped in a protective plastic covering, though it is occasionally unveiled for events like the Fourth of July.

The 62-foot vessel is the last of the Forest Service's ranger fleet, which was once 11 strong. The boat was "considered the best handling (and) the most seaworthy oceangoing vessel" of the bunch, according to...



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